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The investigation was commenced after HRNSW Stewards observed Ms McPherson to administer the contents of a syringe into the mouth of LOOKINFORAREASON whilst the horse was located in the horse float during transportation to the racecourse.
HRNSW Stewards took possession of items used in the administration as well as blood and urine samples from the horse. The items and samples were submitted for analysis. The horse LOOKINFORAREASON was withdrawn from the subject race by Stewards.
Ms McPherson was afforded an opportunity to provide submissions prior to 12 midday on Monday 7 August 2023 for the consideration of HRNSW Stewards in relation to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183. Ms McPherson did not oppose the imposition of AHRR 183 and consequently she was informed that her Trainer and Driver licences were suspended, effective immediately.
Inquiries Conducted –
The ‘B’ sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria.
Licensed Trainer Mr Michael Doltoff was present with his legal representative Mr Wayne Pasterfield and provided evidence to the Inquiry in relation to his registered training establishment and the horse AUSTRALIANA. In addition, the certificates of Analysis and evidence from HRNSW Assistant Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Annie Knox were presented to the Inquiry.
Mr Doltoff pleaded guilty to a charge issued by HRNSW Stewards pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4).
Mr Doltoff was disqualified for a period of 13 months to commence immediately.
Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, AUSTRALIANA was disqualified from the abovementioned race.
The reserve portion and control solution were confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited in Victoria.
Trainer Mr Cameron Ross and his legal representative Mr Peter Morris (Jnr) appeared at the Inquiry by way of Zoom audio/visual technology. Mr Ross provided evidence in relation to his registered training establishment and the horse MACHS LEGACY. In addition, the certificates of analysis and evidence from HRNSW Assistant Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Annie Knox and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott was provided to the Inquiry.
Mr Ross pleaded guilty to three (3) charges issued by HRNSW Stewards pursuant to the Australian Harness Racing Rules.
Charge 1- Issued pursuant to AHRR 190 (1), (2) & (4).
Charge 2- Issued pursuant to AHRR 196A (1)(ii) & (2).
Charge 3- Issued pursuant to AHRR 190B (5) & (6).
Following an application on behalf of Mr Ross, HRNSW Stewards adjourned the Inquiry for penalty submissions to be provided. HRNSW Stewards gave consideration as to whether AHRR 183 should be invoked or otherwise. Following submissions on behalf of Mr Ross, together with all available information, HRNSW Stewards invoked AHRR 183(d) and consequently, the Trainer and Driver’s licence of Mr Ross were suspended, effective immediately.
In addition, acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, the horse MACHS LEGACY was disqualified from the abovementioned race.
Mr Ross was informed of his right to appeal these decisions.
On 18 August 2023, HRNSW Stewards imposed the following penalties:
Charge 1- 7 months disqualification to be served concurrent to Charge 2.
Charge 2- 10 months 2 weeks disqualification to commence from 12 July 2023 the date upon which Mr Ross was stood down pursuant to AHRR 183 and to expire on 26 May 2024.
Charge 3- $500 fine.
Mr Ross has appealed the decision of HRNSW Stewards.
Appeal Decisions –
By decision of the NSW Harness Racing Appeal Panel, the appeal was upheld and a period of disqualification of 2 years and 5 months was imposed to commence from 21 April 2023, the date upon which Mr Davis was stood down pursuant to AHRR 183.
By decision of the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal, the appeal was upheld and a 9 month period of disqualification was imposed to commence from 19 August 2023.
Mr McCarthy has appealed that decision to the NSW Supreme Court and an injunction was granted on 1 September 2023. The matter has been listed for hearing on Thursday 14 September 2023.
Integrity Information –
As per normal HRNSW procedure all samples have been submitted for analysis.
Integrity Notices –
For further information on this matter contact:
HRNSW Integrity Department
(02) 9722 6655